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auditory perception and sound as event:

– THEORISING SOUND IMAGERY IN PSYCHOLOGY

Michael A. Forrester. Department of Psychology,  Keynes College, Canterbury

Abstract: The study of sound in psychology has been dominated by the auditory perception view of psycho-acoustics.  This paper considers the nature of the relationship between sound as event and associated processes of imagery, imagination and memory.  Through a consideration of sound(s) as ecological event(s), the role of sound in film and radio, and our earliest experiences of sound as language, the discussion centres on whether psychology can contribute to our understanding of sound imagery.  Concluding comments touch on the observation that when hearing a sound, our imagination often plays an important part in recognising what it might be.

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